Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland’s Between Breaths in Concert

Location: Imperial Theatre

Date: Friday, March 17, 2023

Show Starts: 7:30 PM

Tickets: $37.50 adults / $32.50 IT members

STYLE OF SHOW: 

  • Season 29 IT Member
  • Theatre/Musical
  • Season Sponsor

    GENRE – Dramatic theatre production from one of Newfoundland’s most respected companies.

    A heart-wrenching, beautiful work of theatre from Newfoundland about the Whale Man, Dr. Jon Lien.

    Well known in Newfoundland as the Whale Man, Dr. Jon Lien during the course of his work pioneered techniques for rescuing whales entrapped in fishing nets. Often risking his very life in the water with the formidable and frightened animals, Dr. Lien would seek to earn their trust as much as the fishermen’s. He looked for the best way to free whales while doing as little damage to the fishing gear as possible. His efforts saved the lives of over 500 animals, and earned him the hard-won respect of the island’s fishermen. Despite his risky work, Lien’s biggest fight came at the hands of a lengthy illness, the suspected long-term result of a random highway accident. He passed away in 2010, but not before his body was slowly conquered over 8 years by a progressing immobility and dementia.

    Between Breaths jumps time backwards, from the final moments of Lien’s life – in a wheelchair and dealing with brain damage – to his very first whale intervention. As his life becomes further and further confined, his mind stretches itself in memories of release and salvation. 

     

    ARTISTIC FRAUD OF NEWFOUNDLAND

    ARTISTIC DIRECTOR ROBERT CHAFE

    between breaths

     

    WRITTEN BY ROBERT CHAFE

    DIRECTED BY JILLIAN KEILEY

    ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSED & ARRANGED BY

    THE ONCE (PHIL CHURCHILL, ANDREW DALE & GERALDINE HOLLETT)

    ADDITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS BY DUANE ANDREWS

    MUSICAL DIRECTION KELLIE WALSH

     

    CAST:

    JON STEVE O’CONNELL

    JUDY BERNI STAPLETON

    WAYNE DARRYL HOPKINS

    MUSICIANS:

    BRIANNA GOSSE, STEVE MALONEY & KEVIN WOOLRIDGE

    DRAMATURGY IRIS TURCOTT

    ADDITIONAL DRAMATURGY SARAH GARTON STANLEY

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR SHARON KING-CAMPBELL

    COSTUME DESIGN SHAWN KERWIN

    SOUND DESIGN & TECHNICAL DIRECTOR BRIAN KENNY

    PRODUCTION MANAGER & STAGE MANAGER MARA BREDOVSKIS

    MANAGING PRODUCER PATRICK FORAN

    PRODUCTION ASSISTANT NEFREN FEIZO-GAS